Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Keeping the Chickens In...And Safe!

I don't like waking up to the sound of a dying chicken.  Don't know anyone who would actually.  Definitely a gruesome sound.  Coyotes are terrible.  And they can get into spaces they don't look like they should be able to. 

And so we had to do something. 

Now when we lock our chickens in, we take one leg of their ladder and shove it in front of the door.  We also wanted an early warning system, so we could get woken up by something besides a bird yelping.  And we wanted something that would hopefully convince predators to leave.  Without a bird.

Those systems are expensive though.  But we noticed in our research that noise played a big part in scaring predators away.  So we got creative.  An old cow bell.  And a chunk of bailing twine.  Hello early warning noisy system. 

Touch the door trying to get in, ring the bell.  Get scared away. 

Cheap.  Simple.  And we haven't lost a chicken since!

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